Brief History of Wiltshire Branch - NARPO

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Brief History of Wiltshire Branch

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Although NARPO...

had been formed in 1919, by 1945 there were very few Branches in the Counties. It would seem that at that time NARPO’s National Executive enlisted the aid of the County Chief Police Officers ­Committee (presumably the forerunner of ACPO) in an attempt to set up more County Branches. As a result on 8th August 1945 our own Chief Constable, Colonel Golden, wrote to NARPO’s General Secretary, Mr William Isted, at the ­national office then at 5/6 Red Lion Square, London. The following day, 9th August 1945 (postal services were obviously much better in those days), Mr Isted wrote to Col. Golden enclosing “leaflets as ­requested” and thanking him for the interest that he was taking.

Nothing happened at that time, but in late in 1947 NARPO Head Office again wrote to Col. Golden asking that facilities be provided for an open meeting at the Force Headquarters on 8th December 1947, and that a notice of that meeting be sent to every member of the Force.

By January 1948,...

a Wiltshire Branch had been established, centred on Salisbury, and a few years later, a North Wiltshire Branch was also formed. The two branches subsequently merged into the organisation that we have today.

To commemorate our Diamond Jubilee in 2008, we created a 12-page booklet that outlines our history and reproduces documents from the Wiltshire and Swindon Heritage Centre (formerly County Archives). You can download a copy of this booklet in Adobe Acrobat PDF format by clicking on the image on this page.

If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, a free download is available by clicking on the icon below.

Short History

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